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The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance
An alliance of the UK's leading organisations associated with the conservation and improvement of traditional buildings

The aim of the STBA is to deliver a sustainable traditional built environment in the UK.

The balance between a building’s Context (its history, setting and future), its potential for Change (in a dynamic world), and its demands for Continuity (ongoing maintenance), is challenging. The unique structure of the STBA with its three co-Chairs representing Industry, Heritage and Sustainability enables us to deliver a truly Whole Building Approach to the future of traditional buildings in the UK.


IHBC have launched a new IHBC Toolbox Guidance Note: Guidance on Alterations to Listed Buildings. 

The document holds both overarching guidance around listed buildings and detailed information on building elements. 

This is a 33 page easy to read and concise document that should be a great help to all those who have the privilege of owning and living in a listed building in the UK.

The document is freely available from the IHBC website or you can link directly from it here



Windows are ideally installed in a weather tight, airtight and insulating manner – these are the RAL requirements in Europe. UK general practice is less stringent than this standard, however the products used in higher quality installs are available here from specialist suppliers.

Several manufacturers make expanding open pore tapes that boast airtight barriers on the inside edge. It is worth looking at specifying these tapes as they do provide very good airtightness and facilitate windows being installed in the wet. Note that the finish is different from the conventional silicon as it leaves a black ‘shadow’ around the frame.

Airtightness can be achieved using more standard style tapes, but whichever you choose, getting windows installed correctly is really important.

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